by Thea Harrison
From bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the first in an explosive new trilogy set in the Elder Races world….
Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….
Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.
He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….
Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.
When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.
Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.
As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.
Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…
5 out of 5 stars!
Moonshadow by Thea Harrison is the first book in her new series of the same name. It is set in the Elder Races universe but the action in this book is primarily in the U.K., where witch Sophie Ross has gone to attempt to win the biggest prize in her life while she regroups after a tragedy that has wounded her body and soul. Becoming ensnared in the Dark Court’s struggle for survival was never her intention, but between the odd stray she finds and the mesmerizing but immensely irritating Nikolas Sevigny, she can’t help but become invested in their lives. The question is whether she will wind up forfeiting her own.
This paranormal romance embodies the elements I find so fascinating about this genre, fantastical events with people who have extraordinary powers, engaged in a life that…almost…seems like it could be true, while finding that amazing person who completes them. I love this author’s works because her characters are so realistic, snarky and arrogant and charismatic, with quirks and failings that I can relate to. The seesaw between the main characters as she becomes more and more frustrated with his didactic pronouncements was very relevant and I was VERY entertained to read about using gifs to deliver one’s message. The intriguing facets of Puck as well as the hints about Morgan were wonderful elements to the story and I found myself rereading certain passages over and over again, becoming caught up in the drama every single time. I love this introduction to a new compelling series and I am very anxious to read more about these fascinating folks.
A copy of this title was provided to me for review (happy dance), a version of which was submitted to Night Owl Reviews
I'm a very big Thea Harrison fan and have adored her Elder Races series ever since meeting Dragos and Pia in Dragon Bound. I think it's the combination of tradition-bound hardheaded dominant and protective male plus crafty yet determined female who manages to not only stand against him but makes him learn there's another point of view (even if it takes the application of blunt force, lol) that appeals to me. This is another such couple that I hope to see much more of!